Dramatic moment when two kayakers save an exhausted moose calf from drowning in a raging river
- Scott Linton and Benny Clark rescue calf from Sheep River in Alberta, Canada
- They saw a shivering animal on a ledge above the water and she fell into the river
- Mr. Linton managed to grab the calf as she was swept away and carry her to dry land
Amazing footage captures the moment when two kayakers wade into rough water to rescue an exhausted moose calf from drowning in a fast-flowing river.
The clip follows firefighter Scott Linton and his friend Benny Clark as they rush to save the calf after it fell into the Sheep River in Alberta, Canada.
The two kayakers had been enjoying a morning paddle on the river at Turner Valley when they spotted the female moose balancing on a ledge above the water.
But as they pondered how to reach the calf, she fell into the fast-flowing river.
Footage from the rescue shows Mr Linton hurtling through the rough waters to reach the desperate animal – which is quickly swept away by the current.
Amazing footage of firefighter Scott Linton (above) and his friend Benny Clark as they rush to save a moose calf after it fell into the Sheep River in Alberta, Canada
He clings to a safety rope held by Mr. Clark and luckily manages to grab hold of the panicked calf as she passes him.
Mr Linton then wades back to shore with the moose, which he says is “pretty cold” but appears to have no injuries.
The pair release the moose moments later and the calf slowly returns to the nearby forest.
Mr Clark posted on Instagram, assuring benefactors that the moose’s mother was nearby when they released him after the ordeal.
Footage from the rescue shows Mr Linton hurtling through the rough waters to reach the desperate animal – which is quickly swept away by the current
He clings to a safety rope held by Mr. Clark and luckily manages to grab hold of the panicked calf as she passes him
He said: ‘Dawn patrol on the sheep turned into a quick and clean rescue with @rivers4slinton and the cutest Canadian ever.’
The kayaker added that he previously pulled a fallen animal from the Red Deer River in Saskatchewan.
Speak with CBC News, his fellow rescuer, Mr Linton, explained how the young moose was already wet and shivered when they saw him on a ledge above the river.
He added that the animal was about 100 meters from an area of rapids, so the pair had to act quickly in their rescue attempt.
The pair released the moose moments later and she slowly made her way to the nearby forest
Mr Clark posted on Instagram, assuring benefactors that the moose’s mother was nearby when they released him. In the photo: Mr Linton with the rescued calf
However, as they considered their next move, the moose fell into the water.
Mr Linton said: ‘Then I grabbed the rope and ran outside.
“Ideally we would have tied my end to me, but it was too fast for that… so I just held on for some support and ran.”
He added that the calf was clearly exhausted from her ordeal, saying: “I’m sure the firefighting certainly played into it.
“You just see something that needs fixing and you try to fix it. That’s kind of the role.’
Mr Clark (above), an avid white-water rafter, told Global News he treated the rescue as if he were rescuing a person
Mr Clark, an avid white water rafter, said: Worldwide news that he treated the rescue as if he were saving a person.
He added: “Just get into mode, seriously, get it done. Kind of behaved like a human passing by.
“I think it was partly our fault, so we should have gotten her out of the river.”
The pair think the calf — which they named Mindy — was about two to four weeks old.